#CoronaLockdown: TV actors start shooting from their homes
It is true that television actors rarely have time for themselves while Shooting and they're doing most of this emergency shutdown period, staying indoors and doing things they love. But it isn’t just work out, cooking and chores that they are concentrating on during the emergency shutdown , a few of them have already started Shooting from homes.
The main actors of two shows, ' Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai ' and 'Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke', have been recording their video bytes at their homes. These video bytes are being sent to the production teams for repackaging the content that is already available to them. Rajan Shahi, the producer of both shows, says that the idea is to create something different and not just have re-runs. "Our creative team came up with different ideas on how to keep the audience engaged when we are not Shooting . So we decided that rather than having re-runs, we will repackage content (already available with us) with bytes of lead actors from both shows. It will be like 'Kahani Ab Tak', but with a twist. It is not just a flashback. The audience will get to see popular faces from these shows sharing interesting parts of the story with them," says Shahi, who has come up with the idea for just these two shows so far.
For actors, Shooting from home is definitely a different experience and they are also happy that few hours of Shooting during the day is also keeping their families busy, along with them. Shivangi Joshi , who plays Naira in ' Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai ', shares, "I have been Shooting for last 5 days now and it is fun to do all preparations and shoot from home. I am in Dehradun at my parents' place and my whole family is helping me shoot. Since all my clothes are not here, I have to ask for my sister’s clothes and use her makeup to get into my look. I have been doing my own make up. A short script for the day is shared by the production team with us. Since we are Shooting from our phones and DSLR cameras, anyone can do it easily. My brother and sister-in-law helps me with the shoot. They get very excited as this entire process is so new for them." Shivangi also says that she is happy to get back to work, even if it is for few hours in a day. "Since we are required to shoot small bytes, actual Shooting doesn’t take too long, but preparing for shoot might take some time. I have been spending around 2-3 hours each day Shooting and I enjoy doing that. Almost everyone right now is working from home, but no one thought actors can work from home too," says Shivangi.
For those actors like Shaheer Sheikh (lead actor from 'Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke'), who have been staying alone, Shooting at home is a bit challenging. "Though we are not Shooting for complete episodes or scenes, just small bytes, even then it is challenging for me to shoot myself at home. I have been recording my bytes on my phone. For me, Shooting in front of the camera with entire crew is different, but Shooting on my phone camera at home is a bit weird," he says.